The massive granite face.
A gorgeous place.
I thought this sign was silly as we had been on loose gravel for the last 4 hours.
The river was very deceptive as it was running clear, but it was obvious once on it that it was high water. There really were not good eddies. Just slow spots near the shore with shrubs to grab onto. We almost portaged the jam in the next picture as we had to stop 100 yards upstream as there were no more eddies and it looked like it blocked the whole river. I portaged high, Matt low. I was able to get another vantage point and informed Matt it was a very clear route. It may look like there is a large eddy on his left, but that is deceptive, it was moving downstream quickly.
Don't go around blind corners on exploratory trips!
The take out.
A good day on the water, no real eddies at the take out either! A local told us he hadn't seen the river this high at this time of year his entire life.
The next day we decided not to run our first choice as it looked really high. So off to complete the circumnavigation of the Wallowa's and finish our scouting. The stream we spent the most time on had wood in bad places for the amount of water. The water continued to be very deceptive as it was clear, but there were not any real eddies where we needed them. We found one really good drop, that we ended up cherry picking as the rest of the river was not calling to us that day. Matt ran it twice.
Head cam footage of the Cherry Picker Rapid.
A picture perfect take out.
Get out and explore!